Steering Group

The PostdocNet Steering Group acts as the primary contact between the Max Planck General Administration and postdocs at individual institutes, and provides direction for PostdocNet by determining the network’s main goals for the year. Members of the Steering Group are elected by the external representatives each year at the General Meeting.

The current members of the Steering Group are:

Dr. Marta Porniece-Kumar (Spokesperson) is a postdoc at the MPI for Metabolism Research in Cologne, exploring emerging biologies of brain specific targets to treat metabolic diseases. She brings in experience from several previous roles within MaxPlanck PhDNet. Her goal is to strengthen the PostdocNet as a network and contribute to the creation of sustainable career paths for postdocs within the Max Planck Society. Marta can be reached here.
Dr. Lina Schaare (Deputy Spokesperson) is a postdoc at the MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, investigating how vascular risk factors and mental health affect the brain’s integrity. Previously, she has been actively involved in the PostdocNet as Postdoc Representative and co-leader of the Equity & Diversity Working Group. In her new role, Lina wishes to further develop the PostdocNet as a valuable community and stable network for Max Planck Society postdocs. Lina can be reached here.
Dr. Nicholas Russell (General Secretary) is a postdoc at the MPI for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne, where he mathematically models giant cell formation in Arabidopsis thaliana leaves. During his PhD at the University of Delaware, he served as the Graduate Student Representative on the Graduate Committee in the Department of Mathematical Sciences. He hopes to improve communication between the external representatives and to focus on immigration issues for postdocs coming from outside of Germany. Nicholas can be reached here.
Dr. Sarah Kramer (BMS Representative) is a postdoc at the MPI for Infection Biology in Berlin, where she uses mathematical modelling to better understand the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases. Previously, she has been involved in the PostdocNet as a member of the Communications Working Group. As a member of the steering group, Sarah hopes to help improve communications between the PostdocNet and MPS postdocs. Sarah can be reached here.
Dr. Sajjad Safaei (HSS Representative) is a postdoc at the MPI for Social Anthropology in Halle (Saale). His research interests span the disciplines of anthropology, law, sociology, international relations, history, and Middle Eastern studies. He hopes to help in advancing the long-term goals of both the Max Planck Society and PostdocNet. Sajjad can be reached here.
Dr. Mayukh Panja (CPT Representative) is a postdoc at the MPI for Solar System Research in Göttingen. During his PhD, he worked with the MaxPlanck PhDNet to help organize Visions in Science. As a member of the steering group, his goal is to help create pathways for postdocs considering their next career move, whether that be in academia or industry. Mayukh can be reached here.
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